TGB4295 - Quantitative Mineralogy


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 100/100

Course content

The course includes basic parts of quantitative mineralogy, including mineral stability calculations in Perplex, crystallographic calculations in Excel and Matlab and mineral chemical calculations and plotting in Excel and Matlab. The exercises will use data from different methods, such as microprobe (mineral chemistry), XRF (rock chemistry), EBSD (mineral orientation) and optical microscope.

Learning outcome

LEARNING OBJECTIVES Students should be able to interpret and use mineralogical data both from a crystallographic and crystal chemical perspective and gain an insight relationship between geological processes and crystallographic and mineral chemical observations.

KNOWLEDGE: Upon completion and passing the course, the candidate should have thorough knowledge at a high level on selected aspects of quantitative mineralogy and their significance for minerals and rock mass properties, distribution and use.

SKILLS: After completing and passing the course, students should be able to apply new and established theory quantitatively within mineralogy.

GENERAL COMPETENCE: The candidate should be able to use mineralogy quantitatively with crystallographic, mathematical and thermodynamic tools and have a good understanding of the interpretation and limitations of the results obtained.

Learning methods and activities

Teaching will be conducted in tutorials including the presentations and discussions, as well as common calculation exercises. Featured topics will be presented in a written submissions and documented calculations, which are subject to approval. The course is evaluated by a reference group, or by all the students if they are few.

Compulsory assignments

  • Symmetri
  • Symmetry
  • XRF, whol-rock chemistry and realtion to mineral chemistry
  • Subtitution vectors in minerals
  • Mineral stability, Pseudosection isopleth
  • Mineral stability, Pseudosection
  • Mineral formler, Excel ( regneark)
  • XRD
  • EBSD data, CPO
  • Optical crystallography

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

TGB4125 Mineralogy and TGB4130 Petrology, other courses must be approved.

Course materials

In addition to relevant textbooks, recent research articles from journals will make up most of the study material.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Ore Geology
  • Geology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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